Silver Falls State Park is just a one hour drive south from home, so we headed out on Halloween day for an afternoon hike that took us past 7 waterfalls, while around us the deciduous trees were changing from shades of green into splashes of yellow and orange.
I’m still enough of a Californian to be in awe of water coming out of the mountains, so waterfalls are always a thrill. But Silver Falls goes way beyond that: trails linking a total of 10 waterfalls, with paths winding above and below and around — and behind — the falling water, which drops as much as 177 feet. The cliffs reveal 26 million years of geological changes, with a base of sandstone from when this area was an ocean bed, topped with layers of basalt from distinct lava floods separated by alluvial silt, and a dusting of volcanic ash on top. The seasonal fall colors added accents of color on the trees and on the water. It was a magical visit. Nancy wrote about this trip in her blog.
Stunning! I’ve only hiked s few times in Oregon but never here. Might just have to add this to my “someday-someway” list. The birds seem quiet there, as I’ve found on my last couple hikes. This time of year they seem to linger in the wetlands which is a gift in itself, for my morning walks. Thanks for sharing.
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